Regardless of President Uhuru Kenyatta issuing measures to be adopted by public service autos within the wake of recent coronavirus circumstances, many matatus are but to toe the road.
The president, in his tackle to the nation on Sunday, March 15, recognized the general public transport sector as one of many conduits during which the virus may unfold, given the variety of folks utilizing it each day.
One of many directives he thus spelled out was that public service autos (PSVs) ought to present hand sanitizers to their clients and undertake cashless cost methods to fight the potential unfold of the lethal virus.
A spot test by Kenyans.co.ke on Tuesday, March 17, established that whereas many matatus had adopted hand sanitization at first, the development has withered down and most of the autos have since thrown warning to the wind.
A tout stands watch on the matatu doorways armed with a hand sanitizer, sterile gloves and a masks.
A spot test on the Embakasi to the CBD and the CBD to Westlands routes established that the passengers neither used cashless methods nor had been they provided with hand sanitizers when boarding.
The identical was replicated for the Decrease Kabete to Westlands route and likewise from Ngumo, to the Central Enterprise District (CBD) and Westlands.
Many individuals took to social media to air their opinions on the dearth of hand sanitizers within the matatus plying a number of routes throughout the town.
“Anyone who has used Githurai matatus with a sanitizer? And even Ngumo Sacco heading to Mbagathi”? Kanana puzzled.
“The largest favour the federal government can do to us proper now could be offering free sanitizers in all public locations, particularly the matatus that we’re blaming of not having any,” Chelimo Bett added.
Aside from hand sanitizers, folks interviewed by Kenyans.co.ke additionally revealed that they’d not been provided cashless cost choices regardless of the federal government’s directive that the system be adopted to fight the unfold of the virus.
These sentiments had been echoed by Odido Owen who lamented that he had boarded a automobile heading to Westlands however the conductors had vehemently refused cell funds.
“It is actually unhappy that matatus going to Westlands aren’t accepting Mpesa but the federal government is advocating for cashless methods,” he regretted.
NTSA officers pictured inspecting a matatu on the Nairobi-Nakuru Freeway in December 2019
A majority of matatus plying the Nairobi routes appear to have overtly defied the directive which had been issued by authorities and echoed by the Matatu House owners Affiliation (MOA).
One other issue noticed within the matatus is the overloading of passengers regardless of the directive by the president that congestion in public transport be minimized wherever potential.
These sentiments had been delivered to mild by a Derrick Ohato who shared a picture on Twitter lamenting that the matatu he was in had extra passengers regardless of the danger.
“Even with the present state of affairs, matatus plying from Thika city to Witeithie are carrying extra passengers. Who will we blame? Passengers or conductors?” Ohato posed.